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High-Profile Features TFMoran Structural Preservation Project

One of TFMoran’s Structural Engineering projects is featured in the November 2017 issue of High-Profile, which will be distributed at the ABX2017 this week in Boston. We invite you to read the article below, or view the article in pdf format by clicking this link Ivory Keys Apartments High-Profile Article

TFMoran Preserves Piano Mill for Residential Use

Leominster, MA – In conjunction with Maugel Architects, Inc. of Harvard, Mass., TFMoran, Inc. of Bedford, N.H. provided structural design of the renovation of the historic Jewett Piano Case factory located at 140 Adams Street in Leominster, Mass. The plan to convert the timber-framed mill building into Ivory Keys Apartments, a 43-unit affordable residential apartment building, was spearheaded by Ivory Keys, LLC, an affiliate of L.D. Russo Inc. of Harvard, the developer and constructor of the project. The entire four-story mill structure was framed of wood, rather than brick masonry at the exteriors, which is more typical of mill buildings standing today.

Before the project began, the century-old historic mill building was in disrepair and vacant for several years. An extensive field investigation and evaluation conducted prior to beginning the project to determine the feasibility uncovered several issues, including a nearly one-foot lean of the building, water damage and lateral instability issues.

The project plans include foundation work and incorporating steel frames into the building to correct the lean, lateral instability and years of neglect.

In addition to structural repairs, a significant effort was made to preserve the nature of the historic mill. This included preserving the aesthetics of the exterior. Also, interior spaces will respect the history of the building, including preserving many pieces of the interior and exposing some existing timber structure as architectural features. The attractive and structurally sound Ivory Keys Apartments will offer studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom living options.

The renovation and addition of the 140 Adams Street project will complete the redevelopment of the commercial buildings in the Adams Street neighborhood.

Construction is well underway, and apartments are anticipated to be move-in ready for the spring of 2018.

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Ribbon Cutting at Chandler Place – Affordable Senior Living Apartments in Plaistow, NH

TFMoran’s COO, Dylan Cruess and Project Manager, Tom Burns, PE joined in the celebration of the completion of Phase I of Chandler Place Apartments on 18 Chandler Ave, in Plaistow, NH. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday, June 16th led by Steven Lewis, one of the three local developers. New Hampshire’s Governor Chris Sununu and town officials were also on hand to support this 62-and-older affordable senior housing project. Phase I of this two-phased project, consists of 25 one and two bedroom apartments, each averaging between 650-670 square feet, and a community center and business center on site. Phase I was completed in-part from receiving $330,000 through the state’s Affordable Housing Fund and $4 million through Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Residential applicants had to be at or below a required income level to qualify. The approximate rent for a one bedroom is $915 and a two bedroom is $1,095.  At the time of the ribbon-cutting event, occupancy was to capacity, with a waiting list for an open unit. Phase II could add an additional 14 more apartments.

The project team for Phase I of  Chandler Place Apartments included TFMoran for land surveying and civil/site engineering services, Burnell-Johnson Architects for architectural design, Gary Chicoine Construction for building, and Jameson Excavation for site work.

For more details about the event, link to the Eagle-Tribune.